Health and Nutrition
Health Service Area
Health is the foundation for learning and growth. The Health service area takes our role in school readiness very seriously. We perform screenings to ensure Vision; Hearing, Speech and Language skills are properly developed within the first 45 days of each child's enrollment. We also conduct growth assessments twice a year to ensure that every child is not just growing but thriving. By keeping a clean and safe environment throughout the centers we help reduce children’s absenteeism rates which means they spend more time in school, learning.
We also have meetings specifically on a variety of timely health topics that will surely catch your interest. We hold the Health, Mental Health, Disabilities, Special Needs Advisory Committee meeting 2 times a year where we bring experts in the field to discuss Health, Mental Health, Disabilities, and Special Needs. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please see any member of our Health and Nutrition team for additional information.
Nutrition Service Area
The nutrition service area plays a role in MCDC's children's health and wellness. Our nutrition program emphasizes healthy meals and snacks through out the school day. We also participate in Family Style Dinning in all preschool classrooms. Children learn math, science, language, health and safety and gain sensory and fine motor skills while assisting with the set-up for meals and by serving themselves from serving dishes. Teachers and children share the same foods. Teachers sit at the tables and encourage positive conversation during meals. Children are also involved in removing their dishes from the tables after they finish their meals. This set up and clean up process helps foster our children's sense of independence which is critical at the preschool age.
Menu planning is an important part of the Nutrition service area 's roles. We create menus that are reflective our diverse population and the changing seasons. We invite parents/guardians and community partners to participate in our menu planning committee where we meet every 2 months to discuss the menus and share healthy nutrition tips.